Phulbani: Normal life in Kandhamal district was severely hit with mercury level falling to 5 degree Celsius on Saturday night, the lowest in the season.
The cold wave condition swept and paralysed daily life in Phulbani, G Udayagiri, Balliguda, Daringbadi, Kotagarh and Tumudibandha blocks.
Phulbani, the district headquarters town of Kandhamal, registered the lowest temperature of the season with a minimum temperature of 5 egrees Celsius. The highest temperature was recorded at 21 degrees Celsius in Phulbani, local Meteorological Observatory officials said.
Daringbadi recorded a low of 6.5 degrees Celsius on Saturday night.
Reports of fishes and birds found dead were received from different parts of the district, particularly from the high altitude of the region.
Snowfall is expected in Belghar and Daringbadi in the next two days where night temperature has been gradually falling for the last three days, an official at the weather observatory said.
There was thin layer of snow fall in Belghar and Daringbadi areas in the last week of December last year, the officials added.